COVID Update: New Mask Requirements
As the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded throughout our community, we have said the safety of our members, children, staff and guests of our facilities is our top priority. That’s why in March we temporarily closed our branches. And as we’ve reopened, we’ve taken measures to protect members including spacing equipment 6-feet apart, cleaning and disinfecting regularly throughout the day, requiring all staff to wear masks and requiring reservations for group exercise classes and child care. But COVID-19 cases continue to rise as our community reopens. Governor Greg Abbott said this week that Texas has averaged more than 3,500 new cases a day and our positivity rate has gone from 4.5% in late May to almost 9% today.
As COVID-19 continues its spread throughout our community, we recognize the need to find a balance between ensuring businesses can stay open to serve the community and protecting the health and safety of those who enter our facilities and the broader community. Healthy living and social responsibility is at the core of the Y’s mission and to live that mission, we must all do our part to curb the spread of COVID-19. To protect the health and safety of our members and staff, we are requiring that everyone who enters a YMCA facility wear a mask or face covering. We will be in compliance with Dallas County’s order which requires everyone to wear masks in gyms, with the exception being those that are actively working out or have difficulty breathing, those two years of age or under and in spaces when individuals can be properly distanced 6’ or more. Our COVID-19 Safety & Health Policy provides more details and can be found here. To protect the health and safety of our staff and guests at all locations, all YMCA branches, camps and programs within the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Association will be applying this policy regardless of county.
At its heart the Y is a community service organization. County and state health officials, along with scientists, agree that one the most effective things we can all do for one another is to wear a mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19.Please join us in helping our whole community, especially those most vulnerable, by wearing a mask. If our actions can prevent even one person from getting sick or even worse, losing their life, we will always make that choice.
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www.ymcadallas.org/summer Summer Day Camps
Read here about our phased reopening what to expect when you come back to the Y, and to make your reservations for Group Exercise classes, Childwatch, and Lap Swim.
Click here for updates on facility closures, program updates, and other operational information.
Click here for answers to your Frequently Asked Questions about the YMCA's response to Coronavirus.
Click here to learn more about how to keep yourself and your family healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally in these uncertain times.
Previous YMCA Updates
Please read here for the YMCA update made on March 26, 2020.
For the health and safety of our members, we have made the decision to temporarily close all our locations. Click here to read more from our President and CEO, Curt Hazelbaker.
After much discussion and to prioritize the health and safety of our members regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are enacting the following measures immediately out of an abundance of caution.
The health of our members, staff, guests, volunteers and community are not only a top priority, but it’s part of our mission. Read a letter to our community from our President and CEO, Curt Hazelbaker.